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away. at that moment an officer drove by. was flagged down by the parent and followed thomas. city and county police chased him to this home and arrested thomas. he was charged with assault after his victim picked him out of a photo lineup. >> we thank god that the father had the presence of mind, that the doted er was alert enough and that the officer was in the right place at the right time. >> reporter: his family refused comment as he sits in jail on $125,000 bond. thomas is a registered sex offender and has been down this road before. his record is littered with various assaults. some sexual. he has charged and served time for failing to register as a sex offender. according to the registry, thomas is compliant now but more than 1300 sex offenders are now.
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many offenders never register with the state when they move. leaving it to local police departments to keep tabs on a dangerous threat on a busy road any time of the day. thomas is being held on $125,000 bail. he is scheduled for bail review tomorrow. his trial coming next month. brian keebler abc 2 news. baltimore county man admitted he sexual assault limo ly a young girl. police say the abuse happened last summer when the girl went to the suspect's home to play video games with one of his kids. investigators worry there may be other victims because he volunteered with a youth soccer team and two cub scout troops. he is free on bond tonight. abc 2 is working for you to help you out. if you want to know if there is a registered sex offender
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living in your neighborhood log on to abc2news.com for a link to the maryland sex offender registry. baltimore county police say they plan to charge a father in the death of his 2-year-old daughter. melody was rushed to john's hopkins saturday after her father told police he found her on the bathroom floor. he told police he beat the girl on her bare bottom with a belt to discipline her. police say she blacked out and never regained conciousness and died. right now he's charged with abuse and assault. baltimore county police have identified the body of a man found in the inner harbor. the 37-year-old's body was discovered in the 3700 block of the street. police are investigating. they have not determined the cause of death yet. arch bishop borders the 13th arch bishop of baltimore died this morning.
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archdiocese of baltimore says he died of colon cancer. he served as arch bishop of baltimore until 1974 until retirement of 1989. before that he served as bishop in orlando. borders served as a chapman during world war ii in north africa and italy earning the bronze star for carrying a wounded soldier to safety under fire. borders was a prolific author and wrote a book "spiritual living in a secular society" that was published in 1996. he was 96 years old. documents from the court reveal a frostburg state university student charged with killing a school basketball player and wounding another is claiming self defense. the 21-year-old of glen burnie said he was dancing in an offcampus party saturday night when his former girlfriend pushed him and his friend and that started a scuffle.
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he left but was fall follow -- followed to his offcampus home by guys who new his ex. he told police he shot him and killed him with his 12 gauge shotgun when they lunged at him. carroll was killed. hall is held without bail. 15 years ago tonight the nation was reeling. an explosion at the federal building in oklahoma city shook the country to its core. it was the country's first act of terrorism to such a scale. today at the site of the attack the 168 victims were remembered. >> reporter: mourning did not get any easier for the family members of the 168 victims of the oklahoma city bombing even when 15 years have passed. one by one they laid wreaths and flowers on the memorial
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sites of their loved ones. >> raymond legion son and my mother gone but not forgotten. >> reporter: then there are the names of those who died but live in on the memory of their family members. it was 15-year-old at 9:02 in the morning that a bomb ripped through the federal building, which has offices and a daycare. for many of the 600 injured, the physical scars are healed but not the emotional once. charlie was the state trooper who arrested the bomber timothy mcvay. >> may all who leave here know the impact of violence. may this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity. >> reporter: the building has been raised and in the place is a memorial, surviving tree and reflecting pool.
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she warranted the need for continued vigilance against homegrown threats. >> our advesaries continue to look for ways to exploit opens and to take innocent lives. we have not shed the reality of domestic violence extremism. >> reporter: since the worse terrorism attack in history, the deep division in politics could provoke acts of violence. as oklahoma city's memorial service teaches a lesson, it is that violence leaves behind pain. president obama issued a rocklation where he ordered the flags on federal billings to fly at half staff in honor of the victims of the oklahoma city bombing. the latest now. toyota says it will recall the 2010 lexus gs 460 toaddresss a problem with the suv rolling over. recall affects 6,000 vehicles
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sold since the suv went on sale in late december. consumer reports issued a don't buy warning last week on the vehicle saying that it susceptible to roll i don't haves. toyota responded by halting sales of the vehicle and conducting tests on all suvs. toyota will pay a record fine to federal regulators. it is the latest trouble for the automaker as it struggles to put safety problems in the rear-view mirror. the safety crisis cost can car maker millions in revenue. now it will pay more in a levy assigned by the national highway transportation association. they will pay $16 million. maximum penalty allowed under u.s. law. documents show the company knew of concerns involving unintended acceleration and sticky gas pedals. the company recalled six
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million vehicles in all. sales are still strong. the company's once sterling reputation for safety has been tainted. >> toyota once was considered an invincible brand. other lawmakers will pay attention to issues coming up or customers reporting proble . >> national highway traffic safety administration announced today that toyota may face another fine for not reporting two separate defects related to acceleration. governor o'malley took his place among baltimore's former mayor's today. his official port rat was unvailed today at city hall. major stephanie rawlings blake spoke at the ceremony. o'malley was elected mayor in 1999. elected governor in 2006. baltimore city council president wants to cut down on late night partyers bad behavior by raising some of the
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public drinking fines. jack young proposes an increase of fines for public drinking, spight, urinating and other quality of life offenses. young says the measure is targeted at neighborhoods like federal hill. he says it fines in place now are not enough of a deterrent. >> it is not the entire easy to come out and have a good time at the clubs and bars. we are saying you can come and have a good time but be responsible in the community and respect the communities. >> young's proposal hikes the fine for opened container violation from $50 to $500. and the fine for public urination will go from $150 to $750. tonight, finally a ray of hope for millions of stranded travelers. massive cloud of ash spewing from a value kay know in
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iceland is -- volcano in iceland is responsible for grounding thousands of flights. until then travelers are left to camp out in airports around the world. >> have you had a shower? >> no. >> tough? >> it is really hard. we didn't have extra money. >> air space is scheduled to reopen in part of the united kingdom tomorrow morning. it is difficult to tell how long the volcano will continue to erupt. on our local weather front in maryland what a chilly sunday leading to a little better day today. we got warmer. winds not as chilly. they were still there. take a look at some clear skies over the state right now. just picturesque in terms of a clear day. it was cool thanks to chilly northwest winds coming in. especially this morning it was a slow warmup out of the 30s and 40s. we got into the upper 60s
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today. early part of the evening we'll hang out below 60s. it will cool off fast later tonight. we'll break down what the next few days look like. more on that coming up. >> thank you. a four-alarm fire in annapolis historic district damaged two business. what caused the fire and how are the businesses dealing with the damage? a warning tonight for parents about tobacco products. find out why more kid are being poisoned by cigarettes and smokeless tobacco in tonight's health alert. ch
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police say 30-year-old jimmy graham faces drunk driving charges after taking a spin on
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a riding lawn mower. he failed the sobriety test when he told the officer he had been drinking beer and had taken prescribed stress reliever medication. he is charged with theft under $500. early morning fire destroys a nebraska restaurant. crews rushed to save the silver moon bar but the flames were too much leaving the downtown eatery destroyed. firefighters were able to prevent it from spreading to nearby buildings. surveillance camera was rolling as a truck crashed into a nearby yard. the mother effort her children alone in a vehicle while she was shopping at a yard sale. a 9-year-old was behind the wheel and tried to stop it. he was rushed to the hospital for injured. his mom is facing charges. if you ever needed to return something to the store but you could not find the
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receipt you need to hear the next report. we'll show you the top shopping mistakes consumers make and how to avoid them so you don't waste your money. >> reporter: we all like to think we are savvy. no one is going to rip us off. good housekeeping magazine says sadly that's not the case and is warning about the biggest mistakes people make when making a purchase. you purchase a hot, new electronic item. you are too busy to open it. when you do it doesn't work and you lost the receipt. that's one of the top consumer mistakes. consumer oops include forgetting to save receipts. not opening the purchase immediately to make sure it is all there and works. failing to examine the warrantee. not knowing who you are dealing with when you shop online. from the doesn't that stink
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file product warrantees that trip you up. most of us assume products are covered for a year. most computer and game consoles are covered for 90 days. doesn't that stink? many stores won't let you return a defective tv or appliance after 30 days. you have to deal with the manufacturer. bottom line. know who you are buying from. check the product immediately for defects. finally, tuck the receipt away in a safe place where you can find it again if you have a problem that way you don't waste your money. ing not a half way bad weekend. chilly yesterday. >> a lot of people said to me this morning and yesterday morning it is a cold start compared to what we were used to. april 66 average this month. we were there today. you'll see a warmup later this week. we are bringing back april
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showers. they have been absent the first half. so we'll take it. let's look outside. nice looking day across the inner harbor. still cool and chilly northwest breeze. 66 now at bwi marshall. we have low humidity at 26%. look at the northwest wind. steady at 15. it is gusting highier. beautiful day today. had blue skies. cool start. eventually a warmup out of the 30s, 40s and 50s. one nice thing about april all the strong spring sunshine warms us up quickly. look at the blazing sunshine earlier this morning. temperatures in the mid 60s to the upper 60s. 68 dulles today. frederick 70. temperatures have pushed at lease in the mid to upper 60s. that's a recovery from a cool day on sunday. winds from the north on the
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cool side. this means tonight that temperatures will drop quickly. probably not in the 30s but down in the low 40s. maryland's radar all five sweeps show clear. that should be the case today, tomorrow and the early part of our wednesday. wednesday night a different deal. clear all across maryland. not a cloud in sky. take you out to the wider view. you can see the next weather maker develop. this is the beginning of a more active weather pattern into the week and next weekend. in the meantime, it is a huge high pressure area up in michigan sending cool north breezes our way and keeping us dry. that will be the case one more day. then things will cloud up. through the day on tuesday clear. the next disturbance is developing across the appalachians. that will work its way in on wednesday. wednesday we are dry during the day. wednesday evening we'll get the
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next round of showers. looks like a series of weather makers toward the end of the week. april showers. 41 tonight. mostly clear. cool breeze. tomorrow through the day sunshine. we should get close to 70. we'll play it at 69. mostly sunny through the night tomorrow night we are looking at clouds increasing. breezy but milder night. through the rest of the week you'll notice temperatures do not plunge. there is no big shots of cool air. what there is is a chance for rain wednesday into thursday early. then another shot at rain as we go into saturday and sunday. we'll watch these storms as they move in our direction. that's your forecast. >> thank you, wyatt. coming up next, warning for parents. tobacco poisoning in young children. we have startling statistics. plus, president obama is pushing to give same-sex couples the right to visit their partner in the hospital. as the big step but not soon enough for one maryland coupl .
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we have brand new stories coming your way. inspectors spent the day coming through ashes of two annapolis buildings damaged in saturday's four-alarm fire. we'll tell you what caused it. plus, all they can do is hope the cloud clears. how stranded travelers are coping without flight, bed or showers. how would you like to take a dip in the inner harbor? we'll tell you who is trying to make the water swim worthy. that and the forecast coming up at 5:30. we have breaking news from harford county that we want to get you caught up on. accident i-95 shut down three of the four southbound lanes
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near the rest area. we are told. >> a car collided with a tractor trailer and one person is seriously injured. we'll bring you more information as it comes in the news room. in tonight's health alert a comparison of records from poison control centers paints a startling picture. thousands of children swallowing tobacco products. cigarettes are the biggest problem. smokeless tobacco is becoming more worrisome. some of the products are packaged to look like candy. dr. timothy johnson has more on the danger. >> reporter: accidental ingestion of tobacco products is the major cause of poisoning in young children and infants. study published in the may issue of pediatrics examined data of childhood poisons. there were 14,000 cases of
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children ingesting tobacco products. majority, 90%, involved children under the age of six. more than 70% involved infants less than a year old. cigarettes remain the primary culprit. however, smokeless tobacco products are becoming popular source for ingestion. particularly among older children. some of these items look like candy and come in a variety of flavors and dissolvable pellets designed and marketed as temporary substitutes when smoking is not allowed. these products appeal to adolescences. study concludes that the availability and harm of smokeless tobacco products warns closer scrutiny, more stringent regulations may be needed to protect children from accidental poisonings. with this medical minute i'm dr. timothy johnson. >> speaking of the doctor, ipad could be heading to the doctor's office. that story coming up in two minutes.
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good evening. an accident on i-95 has shut down three of the four southbound lanes near the rest area. we are told a car collided with a tractor trailer and one person is seriously injured. stay with abc 2 news and abc2news.com for the latest developments. tonight investigators have a cause in the four-alarm fire in downtown annapolis. discarded cigarette is to blame for the fire that damaged two businesses. don harrison was at the scene today as the store owners assess the damage. >> reporter: saturday afternoon a four-alarm fire damaged

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